As the nation reels from the violence of the past week, it becomes easy for some to resort to hatefulness as a reaction. We cannot allow the actions of a few wrongful individuals to dictate the course of history.

Good people need to come together to show that understanding leads to peace, as Snoop Dogg and The Game demonstrated today in Los Angeles. The Press Telegram reports:

“Rappers Snoop Dogg and The Game led a peaceful demonstration today outside a Los Angeles Police Department recruit graduation in what they called an effort to promote unity in the aftermath of the deadly shootings of police officers in Dallas.”

“I think that we need to take responsibility as a human race and accept the role as peace-givers and people that distribute love and change throughout this city,” said The Game at an impromptu news conference at City Hall.

It was just happenstance that the demonstration coincided with the graduation ceremony, but they said it was a good thing.

“This is even better because now these students that are about to hit the streets can know that there is some sort of dialogue going on and they don’t have to be fearful,” said Snoop Dogg. “And they can do their jobs and know that when you stop somebody you’re a conversation away from sending them home or taking them to jail, but the conversation is key.”

The rappers met with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other officers, as seen in the video, before marching out to stand shoulder to shoulder in front of the camera and the demonstrators in a heartening show of peace.

During a meeting with Chief Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti, they let them know it’s time to put an end to police brutality, saying,”We will be unified as minorities and we will no longer allow them (Police) to hunt us or be hunted by us!!!”

Chief Beck appeared to be very receptive to Snoop Dogg and The Game, even complimenting the latter on his poetic abilities.

Beck had his own inspiring words:

“We are too violent a society. Violence begets violence. It is time to put down our arms and start the dialogue. We have to go forward from today as human beings, as Americans, as partners. Put aside the things that divide us and come together on the things that bind us – our desire to leave Los Angeles a better place than we found it, our mutual desire to have our kids grow up in a place where they can’t expect violence at every turn.”

Justin Gardner is a peaceful free-thinker with a background in the biological sciences. He is interested in bringing rationality back into the national discourse, and independent journalism as a challenge to the status quo.